A Sunday Afternoon Workshop
at Udumbara Zen Center
Whether we are 13, 30, 60 or 80 years old, the human aging process is ripe with physical and mental joy and challenges. Together we will explore the particular challenges we face as we mature into the later stages of life.
September 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Udumbara Zen Center
501 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL. 60202
Space is limited! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Fee: $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Rev. Tricia Teater, hospice and palliative care team member, retired public administrator, and ordained Zen Buddhist priest;
Rev. Chuck Hutchcraft, ordained Zen Buddhist priest and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, experienced in working with people in all stages of life.
For more information on this workshop, check our website:
Aging Self, Aging Community
Zen Master Eihei Dogen challenges us in his fascicle Time Being to actualize our complete effort in every moment...
“The time being of all beings throughout the world in water and on land just actualizes your complete effort right now. All beings of all kinds in the visible and invisible realms are the time being actualized by your complete effort, flowing due to your complete effort.”
Whether we are 13, 30, 60 or 80 years old, the human aging process is mentally and physically ripe with both joy and challenges. Familiar patterns with new twists develop at each juncture of life, resulting in everything from fear and constriction to growth and adventure. This workshop will explore the particular challenges we face as we mature in later stages of life.
Together we will explore -
How do Buddhist insights and original Buddhist teachings support us through these years - from the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path to the Five Hindrances and the Wheel of Life?
How do we clearly see, move with direction and sustain our complete effort in order to ‘steer’ vs ‘slide’ into the final years of our life?
How do we dissolve fixed and trapped attitudes that diminish us and keep us from actualizing the path to more fully living our remaining years?
How has what we feared proven not to be a complete or useful view of reality?
How do we as a community support each other, as well as supporting members of the larger community that needs our help?
How do we share what we have learned with our family and our community?
This workshop is the beginning of a discussion, not the end of a process.
No answers, but questions and markers for development and further exploration.
This workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Tricia Teater, long time hospice and palliative care team member, retired public administrator, and Zen Buddhist ordained practitioner receiving dharma transmission by Roshi Diane Martin. Rev. Chuck Hutchcraft is also an ordained Buddhist practitioner and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, experienced in working with people in all stages of life.
Udumbara Zen Center is a small community with a rich history of bodhisattva engagement informed
by our understanding of Dogen's vast sense of complete effort. We are deeply committed to supporting each other and all beings in the transformative flowering of the wisdom and compassion of Buddha’s teaching. Due to the flowing nature of reality, our engagement continues to evolve. Toward this end, Udumbara has developed a series of lectures designed to nurture the human spirit through appreciation and expression of art, to explore the common ground we share with other religions, perspectives and practices, and to feed us spiritually as we navigate our way through our life processes.